Jake Romphf

The yellow repesents areas in Victoria only zoned for single-family homes. The missing middle initiative would allow for – along with single-family homes – up to six-unit houseplexes, corner townhouses and infill housing on heritage-worthy lots to be built on those properties as well. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria mayoral candidates debate missing middle proposal

A September vote passed the decision on the housing initiative to the new council

The yellow repesents areas in Victoria only zoned for single-family homes. The missing middle initiative would allow for – along with single-family homes – up to six-unit houseplexes, corner townhouses and infill housing on heritage-worthy lots to be built on those properties as well. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)
A rendering of a floating sauna business pitched for Victoria’s Ship Point. (Courtesy of Havn Saunas)

Floating sauna business pitched for Victoria’s Ship Point gets public hearing

Proposal looks to add to an ‘underutilized’ part of the Inner Harbour

A rendering of a floating sauna business pitched for Victoria’s Ship Point. (Courtesy of Havn Saunas)
A BC Transit bus picks up passengers from a Douglas Street stop during the morning commute on Oct. 5. (Jake Romphf/New Staff)

Improving the transit system and Victoria’s Douglas Street to roll together

West Shore line is the first of three Rapidbus phases

A BC Transit bus picks up passengers from a Douglas Street stop during the morning commute on Oct. 5. (Jake Romphf/New Staff)
Esquimalt will require all new buildings to be emission-free as of mid-2025. Pictured is the Esquimalt Town Square project during construction. (Courtesy Aragon Developments)

Esquimalt looks to have all new construction be emission-free by mid-2025

Township to join neighbouring communities in beating the province to the requirement

Esquimalt will require all new buildings to be emission-free as of mid-2025. Pictured is the Esquimalt Town Square project during construction. (Courtesy Aragon Developments)
A demonstrator who showed up outside the B.C. legislature on Oct. 3, the first day of the fall session, to call for an end to old-growth logging. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Old-growth forest supporters greet MLAs at B.C. legislature ahead of fall session

Groups calling for an end to all logging in the old-growth ecosystems

A demonstrator who showed up outside the B.C. legislature on Oct. 3, the first day of the fall session, to call for an end to old-growth logging. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Hynthe Pointe, an eight-storey apartment building for seniors, has been approved by Esquimalt. (Courtesy of Avenir Senior Living/Zeidler Architecture)

Eight-storey apartment for seniors approved in Esquimalt

Hynthe Pointe will have 92 units and a commercial space at its Esquimalt Road site

Hynthe Pointe, an eight-storey apartment building for seniors, has been approved by Esquimalt. (Courtesy of Avenir Senior Living/Zeidler Architecture)
Victoria’s Orange Shirt Day ceremony at Centennial Square on Sept. 30. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Victoria marks Orange Shirt Day with solemn ceremony

Hundreds gather at Centennial Square on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Victoria’s Orange Shirt Day ceremony at Centennial Square on Sept. 30. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Island Health’s new chief medical health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson outside Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Island Health’s new top medical officer eyes toxic drug crisis, health inequities

Dr. Reka Gustafson speaks on her goals to recover from the pandemic and more

Island Health’s new chief medical health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson outside Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Southern resident killer whale L89 has been pronounced dead after not being seen at all in 2022. The male is seen here in a photograph taken in 2020. (Courtesy of the Centre for Whale Research)

Southern resident killer whale population falls to 73: U.S. researchers

Three males pronounced dead since mid-2021, at least two calfs born since

Southern resident killer whale L89 has been pronounced dead after not being seen at all in 2022. The male is seen here in a photograph taken in 2020. (Courtesy of the Centre for Whale Research)
Anthony Thomas was found guilty in the death of a 51-year-old pedestrian Kim Ward, killed in Central Saanich in a 2018 crash. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sentencing hearing delayed for driver who caused fatal Central Saanich crash

Anthony Thomas convicted for 2018 crash that killed Kim Ward, critically injured sister

Anthony Thomas was found guilty in the death of a 51-year-old pedestrian Kim Ward, killed in Central Saanich in a 2018 crash. (Black Press Media file photo)
The City of Victoria has opened two electric vehicle fast chargers at the Vic West Park parking lot. (Google Streetview)

Victoria begins electric vehicle fast-charger rollout with Vic West Park ports

City wants about one-third of vehicles to be renewably powered by 2030

The City of Victoria has opened two electric vehicle fast chargers at the Vic West Park parking lot. (Google Streetview)
Esquimalt’s review of phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers and landscaping equipment will happen no later then September, 2024. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt reviewing gas-powered leaf blower phase out within two years

Township hopes market will be able to improve battery length, electric equipment power by 2024

Esquimalt’s review of phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers and landscaping equipment will happen no later then September, 2024. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)

Fuel-leaking fishing boat pulled to surface one month after sinking near Victoria

Ongoing response looks to move the boat without releasing remaining fuel

The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)
The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)

Fuel-leaking fishing boat pulled to surface one month after sinking near Victoria

Ongoing response looks to move the boat without releasing remaining fuel

The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)
Salt Legacy business partners Tisha Becker (left) and Meaghan McDonald with some of their backpacks made from sailcloth. (Courtesy of Salt Legacy)

Victoria’s Salt Legacy sews history, upcycling together with sailcloth product line

Backpacks look to tell the stories of the old sails while diverting waste

Salt Legacy business partners Tisha Becker (left) and Meaghan McDonald with some of their backpacks made from sailcloth. (Courtesy of Salt Legacy)
Statistics Canada released new census data on Sept. 21 showing renters face starker shelter-related costs increases than homeowners. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria renters facing higher cost increases than homeowners: census

One-third of first-time B.C. home buyers chose a condo in 2020

Statistics Canada released new census data on Sept. 21 showing renters face starker shelter-related costs increases than homeowners. (Black Press Media file photo)
The COVID immunization clinic at the Quadra Village Community Centre is administering Omicron-targeting bivalent vaccines. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
The COVID immunization clinic at the Quadra Village Community Centre is administering Omicron-targeting bivalent vaccines. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Trees line a Cook Street sidewalk down by the Victoria waterfront. A new study looks into the equitable distribution of greenspace in Canadian cities. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Study looks into equitable greenspace distribution in Victoria and Canadian cities

Millenials, lower-income Canadians have less vegetation in their neighbourhood

Trees line a Cook Street sidewalk down by the Victoria waterfront. A new study looks into the equitable distribution of greenspace in Canadian cities. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A little boy dresses up to watch on Quadra Street as the ceremonial procession and provincial commemorative service for Queen Elizabeth II passes along. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)

PHOTOS: Victoria procession, ceremony, as B.C. pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Longest-serving monarch died on Sept. 8 after 70 years on the throne

A little boy dresses up to watch on Quadra Street as the ceremonial procession and provincial commemorative service for Queen Elizabeth II passes along. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)
MeepMeep co-founder Eve Olynyk tosses a disc during a round of disc golf. (Courtesy of MeepMeep)

Victoria start-up MeepMeep’s disc golf tracker looks to grow the game, end player frustration

Company’s chirping tracker aims to open sport to the visually impaired and more

MeepMeep co-founder Eve Olynyk tosses a disc during a round of disc golf. (Courtesy of MeepMeep)
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